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When we think of destination weddings, the picture of white sandy beaches usually springs to mind, but you may decide to have your wedding at a grape vineyard, an exotic island or a even a historical site. You might even go the cultural route and marry in the birthplace of your ancestors. Destination weddings offer you and your guests the perfect excuse to visit another country or another continent altogether. They are very exciting, but can easily become overwhelming if you don’t plan in advance.

bora bora destination weddingNow, a destination wedding just isn’t a destination wedding unless you’re off to somewhere exotic and remote. You might pick a tropical island like Hawaii or the Polynesian Islands. Perhaps you’re more adventurous and therefore an outdoor themed destination wedding Safari or the deserts of Australia call to you. Destination wedding can easily be dubbed a ‘dream wedding’ so really let your imaginations flow when choosing your location.

However, realize that the farther that you go, the less people will be able to come with you (or can afford to). So keep that in mind when considering your destination. On the other hand, if you have the means to supplement your guests travel costs, here’s an opportunity to really have some fun with your wedding plans…the sky’s the limit!

In either case, you will still want to send out announcements of your wedding date to let all of your friends and family know. It’s a good idea to have your destination wedding and then a reception party at home to share the special day with those who couldn’t attend. This is also a way to extend the celebration!

Weddings require a lot of planning to manage all of the details. And this is no different, and 10x’s as important, with a destination wedding. Using a wedding planner or organizer will remind you of certain tasks that need to be accomplished by certain dates and help you keep track of your “To Do” list. Remember that you will be planning your event long distance, so it’s important to have a list of things that need to be done before you arrive, as well as, when you get there.

Tip #1: When inviting guests to your destination wedding, send out announcements as early as a year in advance with a “save-the-date” card, letting them know which hotel to call to reserve rooms, as well as, dates and times for plane tickets and how to purchase their tickets in advance.

Tip #2: Be sure to check on regulations and laws of the area you’ll be traveling to. If you are getting married outside of the United States, be sure to have passports, blood tests, a U.S. marriage license, if needed, and any other paperwork that you two will need to complete. Don’t wait until the last minute on this one, some documents could take weeks, even months to arrive.

Tip #3: Rather than trying to check everything in at the airport on the day you fly out, ship the big bulky items or large quantities like your wedding favors ahead of your flight one-two weeks in advance. If you have a wedding coordinator at the location, call him or her to arrange for storage. After the scheduled delivery call and confirm that everything arrived in good condition. This also give you extra time just in case something is damaged in travel.

Tip #4: With so many things on the”To Do” list, it’s easy to overlook the obvious. Don’t forget to hire a photographer, clergy, wedding planner and bakery to complete your wedding arrangements. Contact the destination’s Visitor Bureau (or your destination wedding coordinator) to get contacts and references.

Destination weddings take away a lot of the stress from traditional wedding planning. No crowds of people to meet and greet. No floral decoration meetings and cake tastings. In most cases, these resorts will do everything for you so you get to just relax and enjoy your special day. However, as we said before there are different considerations when planning a destination wedding to keep in mind. We hope these tips have been helpful in getting you started.

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